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Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
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Specialist High Skills Major


The SHSM–Agriculture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on agricultural equipment or animal and crop science. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Tuesday, December 18th: Field trip to Lambton College.  Permission Form: Lambton Colllege.pdf  See Mr. Stevenson for more details!  

February 7th and 8th: First Aid and CPR at the Gemini

Non Profit Program 

The Non Profit Program is a specialized program that will allow Holy Cross students in Grades 11 and 12 to focus their learning on the non profit sector while meeting the requirements to graduate with their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.   

The non profit sector offers a wide range of careers that are dynamic, engaging and rewarding in areas such as art, culture, social justice, education, information technology, health care, and social development. 

The common vision throughout this growing sector in Canada’s economy is the desire to make a difference both in our community and throughout the world working with various aid organizations.​

Summer School Opportunity Exclusive to SHSM Students

Summer School provides a unique opportunity for students to advance their learning outside of the regular school year.  Most courses are offered as the traditional one credit opportunity, but for SHSM students, Co-op provides an opportunity to earn TWO CREDITS!  Co-operative Education is a mandatory part of the SHSM program.  It is not always possible to fit this two credit program into the regular school year.  If you currently have a summer job or summer volunteer opportunity, this may be your ticket to meet the two credit Co-op requirement.  In order to be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

-be registered in an SHSM program

-be available to work full time hours for the entire four weeks in July

-attend pre-placement and integration sessions on Wednesday evenings

-submit the application form and teacher reference forms below AND return them to guidance by March 8th

2019 Summer Co-op Information Sheet and Calendar.pdf  LDCSB SS Co-op Application 2019.pdf

Certifications and Training for Non-Profit Students:

Four (4) compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)ethical considerationsStandard First AidWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction
Three (3) electives from the list below
behavior managementcommunication skillscompass/map/global positioning system (GPS)conflict resolution
customer serviceenvironmental awarenessequity and inclusionevent coordination
fundraisinggroup dynamicsincident managementInnovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE)
legal/administrative proceduresleadership skillsnon-violent crisis interventionpersonality inventory
portfolio developmentproject managementproposal/grant writingSafeTALK
sector-specific software 1self-defencesocial media networkingsuccessful exhibiting

Past Dates:  

October 15th: Pizza lunch to congratulate the 55 students registered in SHSM!

October 25th field trip to King's University College- Development and Peace Workshop.  This session will be for grade 12 students to complete their certifications.  Please see Ms. McNally for a permission form.

HCC Non-Profit Students working with STA peer on Equity and Inclusion exercises

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November 1st: Pizza lunch and Guest Speaker: HSE4M-Social Justice and Equity in Italy

December 17th: Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills, presented by The Beanstalk Project

Communication Skills                                  Conflict Resolution Skills

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February 7th and 8th: First Aid and CPR all day at the Gemini

February 27th: Sector Partner Contextualized Experience with the Grand Theatre!  Come experience the Non-Profit Industry in action.  Learn about fundraising and capital planning.  Experience a live performance of VIGILANTE.  This is full day field trip with lunch provided.

Field Trip-The Grand Theatre.pdf

March 26th: Pillar Non-Profit Networks.  All day field trip with lunch provided.  Legal/ Administrative and Fundraising certifications.

Field Trip-Pillar Non Profits.pdf

Congratulations to our 2018 students who completed their First Aid/ CPR Certification!

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HCC students at Bud Gardens.  Customer Service and Leadership training

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Reach Ahead Opportunity at Conestoga College 

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